This £6,000 fleet of high-tech aerial drones is the latest weapon to join the East of England crime-fighting arsenal, following the success of a nine-month trial.
The five devices will be used be used by 16 specially-trained pilots to collect evidence and offer surveillance in situations where officers can’t go. On (Wednesday) Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police used three drones to demonstrate how the new technology could help coppers tackle criminals and protect the public. The first scenario was a hunt for a missing person, the second a chemical incident in which officers wore protective clothing, and the third a knifeman on a double-decker bus who was circled by the drone. Inspector Chris Huggins, who spearheaded the use of drones by the forces, said: “They are very useful for collecting evidence at crash scenes where you can get an overall view of the scene and see where the skid marks are.